Religious Diversity, Spirituality and Faith
College is a time of self-exploration and self-expression. As part of the exploration, individuals are often figuring out their identity in terms of who they are, what they stand for, and what they believe.
- For many new students, it is their first time away from home and their religious community.
- For some, this transition may lead them to question their faith and they may experience confusion and isolation.
- For others, this may be a time of relying on their faith for support and strength, and building a faith community away from family.
Whatever your faith or spiritual affiliation or type of journey, the UK Counseling Center (UKCC) is a place where you can explore identity development in a way that incorporates your beliefs and where your perspective will be respected and honored. Issues of religion and spirituality often overlap with the bigger questions in life such as meaning, purpose, and how to deal with loss. Although we do not provide spiritual or religious-based counseling, we are dedicated to learning how your beliefs impact your worldview and experience, and we will strive to collaboratively incorporate these important aspects of your perspective into your psychological treatment and counseling experience.
Although spirituality and religious affiliation often increase well-being and life satisfaction, students who identify with minoritized religions may find that their affiliation serves as a barrier to feeling connected at UK. You may also experience discrimination and misunderstanding. The UKCC is here to support you and all students who feel like their identity or affiliations have in some way contributed to being less connected to the broader UK community. Some students have felt harmed, rejected or otherwise had negative experiences with faith communities. These topics are also all welcome for discussion and exploration as part of the counseling process.
UK Students come from and embrace a variety of religious, spiritual and faith traditions. Others identify as agnostic or atheist. Whatever the background and identity, the UKCC welcomes discussion of religion, spirituality and faith as it pertains to students' coping, struggles, life experiences, and worldviews.
UKCC Services where students may explore issues of religion, spirituality and faith:
- Let's Talk
- Individual therapy
- Understanding Self and Others (USO) groups
- Mindfulness Group
- Meditation Drop-In Hour
- Yoga Drop-In Workshop
- See more of our services here
Learn how to become a client here
Search for Campus Resources
- UK Faith: An organization offering information about campus religious and spiritual groups.
- UK Student Organizations: Find a student group related to your religious, spiritual or secular interests by searching UK student groups.
- Atheist or Agnostic
- Church Finder
- Many churches of various Christian denominations and traditions are located near the UK campus and in the Lexington area
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